President Pro Tempore-Elect
Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: January 3, 2017
Sen. Mike Schulz, R-Altus, addresses the Oklahoma State Senate after
election as President Pro Tempore. He is the first senator from
western Oklahoma to
lead the Senate in more than 50 years.
Members of the Senate give a standing ovation to newly elected Senate
President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz.
Mike Schulz Officially Elected as Pro
Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate; members adopt rules, certify
Senate on Tuesday convened for an organizational day and, on a unanimous
vote officially, elected Sen. Mike Schulz of Altus as President
Pro Tempore. Schulz is the first senator from western Oklahoma to
lead the Senate in more than 50 years. Senate Majority Floor Leader
Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, made the motion nominating Schulz as
President Pro Tempore and, in a show of bipartisan support, the
motion was seconded by Minority Leader John Sparks, D-Norman.
“I’m very humbled that my colleagues would place their confidence
in me as leader of the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate has a group of
very talented men and women from both sides of the aisle and from
all parts of the state. Oklahoma is a great state, blessed with
natural resources and hardworking, industrious people. Our job as
senators is to make sure Oklahoma is a place where, with hard work
and determination, anyone can achieve success. We’re going to need
the experience, insight and knowledge of all our members to pass
laws that are helpful in the short-term, but also set us on a long-term
path to economic growth and prosperity. It’s time to get to work,
and I look forward to leading the Senate and serving the great people
of Oklahoma,” Schulz said.
The organizational meeting is mandated under the State Constitution
to be held in January following an election year. In addition to
electing the President Pro Tempore of the Senate for the next two
years, Senators on Tuesday also adopted the rules for conducting
legislative business for 2017 and 2018 and certified the results
of the 2016 senate races.
The 2017 legislative session will convene on February 6.
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